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Gareth: We win and lose together

Boss looks back at the defeat to Coventry.

28 February 2018

Gareth Ainsworth says his side will put Tuesday’s defeat to Coventry behind them quickly as they eye a return to winning ways to tighten their grip on a place in the top three in Sky Bet League Two.

A narrow 1-0 loss was decided when Marc McNulty smashed home a late penalty following a defensive slip which allowed Tom Bayliss to charge into the box before being brought down.

Ainsworth said: “It was a 0-0 draw all over it; I thought we were the better team in the first half and played some good stuff, but Coventry came back into it in the second half.

“The game hinged on one mistake, which is hard to take, but mistakes can be costly. JJ (Joe Jacobson) has put his hand up in the dressing room but we win and lose together and we won’t be singling anyone out. He’s been fantastic for us over four years and been one of our most consistent players, so we go forward together as Wycombe.

“We looked good for a point and I think if either team had won it, the other would have felt harshly done by, and that’s us.”

It was the first time Wanderers have lost successive league matches in 12 months but Ainsworth says his side are confident of recapturing the form which preceded that blip and catapulted them into the top three in the first place.

“On other days we’ve created several chances and buried a few of them, so it was frustrating not to score tonight, but it was an improvement on Saturday (the 4-2 loss to Morecambe). We’re third in the table with 11 games to go, so for me, it’s game on.

“The expectation here has risen but I take that as a compliment because we’re up there at the top end of the table. There are 21 teams who would love to be where we are. So we’ll keep going and if we can get back to winning ways then we’ll be up there at the end of the season.”

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